• Continue Fall Vegetable Planting in November for Winter Payoff - Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at

  • With forecasts of near normal rainfall in November, Southern California gardeners have the opportunity to plant fall gardens now and let Mother Nature do the watering, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California cities.

    Finish Planting Cool Season Vegetables: If you didn't get a chance to plant all your cool season vegetables in October, you still have time to plant in November. Some vegetables grow better in fall and winter than in spring and summer. These vegetables include broccoli, beets, Brussel sprouts, carrots Kale, peas, Swiss chard, lentils, garbanzos and radishes.

    Plant Trees: Fall's cool nights, mild days and moderate rainfall enable newly planted trees to become established much easier than if planted in summer. Planting these trees in fall helps them grow stronger in spring and summer. Select a planting location that is best suited for the tree type, taking into account the tree's rate of growth, root configuration, leaf type (evergreen or deciduous), tree shape and ultimate height and width at maturity. The site should get enough sun and be easy to irrigate. Considering these issues before planting will avoid future problems (i.e. roots lifting patios or walkways, leaves blowing into pools, overgrown trees blocking sunlight). 

    Cut Back on Watering: Less daylight in fall means your garden and trees need less watering. Adjust irrigation timers accordingly. Reduce frequency but reduce the number of minutes you water. Trees and shrubs still need deep watering to promote healthy roots. Place a layer of mulch around your garden to hold moisture in and prevent soil erosion during rainy periods.

    Prepare Lawns for Winter: Lawns often look "tired" in winter. To keep them looking their best, first, mow your lawn so grass blades are about 1" high. Next, scatter grass seed over the lawn followed by a light covering of soil amendment. Water thoroughly for several weeks until new grass takes hold. Water as needed. Rake falling leaves from the lawn as leaves can impede lawn growth.

    Spruce Up Your Flower Garden: A flower-packed garden isn't just for spring and summer. A multi-colored flower garden can be had during fall and winter by planting cool-season flowers such as pansies, calendula, candytuft, foxgloves, snapdragons, stock, sweet peas and sweet alyssum.

    Prune Evergreens:  After a summer growing season, juniper, pine, spruce and other evergreens often feature unwanted limbs and branches by fall. Now is the time to trim and reshape these trees. Make sure to prune dead or damaged limbs on all types of trees.

    Buy Chrysanthemums in Bloom: Chrysanthemums brighten any flowerbed. Buy them already in bloom. The blooms will last several weeks. Once they finished blooming, cut back the plants to a few inches above the ground. They will begin to grow again in spring and bloom in July.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin and Stay Green Form Partnership To Close Recycling Loop - Monday, October 29, 2012 at

  • VENTURA COUNTY, CALIF. (Oct. 29, 2012)--Stay Green, a full-service landscaping company, and Agromin, the organics recycler for more than 50 California cities, have formed a partnership that will recycle and reuse the organic materials produced by Stay Green clients. Agromin will turn the material into compost, mulch and soil enhancements for use in Stay Green landscaping projects.

                Stay Green's Sustainable Asset Protection Program (SAPP) views trees, plants and landscapes as assets. "By nurturing these assets through waste, water and plant management, we can extend their life and maximize customer property values," says Chris Angelo, Stay Green president and CEO. "A layer of mulch cuts down on water usage. Compost and soil enhancements keep plants, lawns and trees healthy. These cost efficiencies save customers money while increasing the beauty of their home or business. The program is not only beneficial to our clients but also to our environment."

                Stay Green will begin installing recycling bins in its Ventura County locations. Agromin will then clean, grind and compost the materials at its facility in Oxnard. "Ventura County is where our pilot program will take place because of the proximity to one of Agromin's primary recycling sites," says Michael Cardona, business developer for Stay Green in Ventura County. "We'll then expand the program to Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley."

                "Stay Green's sustainability effort is an example of how companies are moving toward zero waste output by closing the recycling loop," says Bill Camarillo, president and CEO of Agromin. "Businesses see their zero waste efforts as making a positive impact on the environment. They also view waste as a potential resource. When they reduce and reuse their green waste, they can save money for themselves and their customers."

                For information about sustainability programs for businesses, contact Dave Green, Agromin vice president of sales/product development, at 805-485-9200, dave@agromin.com. For information on sustainable residential and business landscaping, contact Stay Green at 800-858-5508.

    About Agromin 

    Agromin, headquartered in Oxnard, Calif., manufactures earth-friendly soil products for farmers, landscapers and gardeners. Agromin is also the organics recycler for over 50 California cities. Each month, Agromin receives more than 30,000 tons of organic material and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform the material into premium soil products. The results are more vigorous and healthier plants and gardens, and on the conservation side, the opportunity to close the recycling loop, allow more room in landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Agromin

    About Stay Green

    Headquartered in Santa Clarita, Calif., Stay Green Inc. is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality landscape services to residential and business customers throughout Southern California. It employs more than 300 people in five divisions: landscape maintenance, plant health care, tree care, water management services and landscape design/build services. The company exercises positive environmental stewardship through its Sustainable Asset Protection Program (SAPP), which is applied across all service lines to help customers protect the environment as well as their landscapes, plants, waste and water management assets. Stay Green

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